Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Little Birds with Orange Sauce" (Catching Fire)

Make "Little Birds filled with orange sauce
with wild rice and watercress"
just like Katniss mentions in Catching Fire
(book two in The Hunger Games trilogy).
You're going to love this recipe for
Cornish game hens drowning in
a succulent honey-orange sauce
on a bed of wild rice and fresh watercress.


Cornish Game Hens:
*serves 4

4 Cornish game hens, thawed
1 orange, cut into 8 sections
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
4 bay leaves, fresh or dried
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
sea salt
poultry seasoning


Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).

Clean and wash game hens. If they contain giblets, remove them. Make sure the cavity is clear. Insert 1 sprig of thyme and 1 bay leaf into each bird's cavity. Insert 2 orange sections and 1/4 of the onion. Sprinkle with sea salt and poultry seasoning.

Set the hens in a casserole dish that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees (F).

Make Orange Sauce (recipe below).

Remove birds from oven and baste with sauce. Return to oven for another 30-40 minutes until cooked through and juices run clear, basting every 10 minutes in between.

Make Rice (recipe below).

When Cornish game hens are completely cooked, spoon 1 cup of the rice/watercress mixture onto the serving plate. Set a hen on top. Drizzle more of the sauce over the bird and rice. Garnish with orange slices if you like.

Enjoy your dinner and then watch Catching Fire and "may the odds be ever in your favor". 

Honey-Orange Sauce:
*makes about 1 3/4 cups

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup orange juice, from concentrate (NOT the frozen kind)
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves


Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and honey. Stir well. Pour in orange juice. Add rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes.

Wild Rice with Watercress:
*makes 4 (1 cup) servings

2 (2 cup serving-size) boxes of instant or steamable wild rice
1 handful of fresh watercress (found in produce section of larger grocery stores)
salt and pepper


Make rice according to directions on box. Wash and dry watercress. Pour cooked rice into a large bowl. Add in watercress and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.

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